Farm Hand - International Dreams
Artist Name: Farm Hand
Album Title: International Dreams
Release Date: 3rd November 2017
Label: Shape Records
Cat No: SHAPE032
Info: 100 limited edition vinyl with riso print sleeve, handstamped and handnumbered.
3. International Dreams
4. Happy Landings
5. Nettle Soup
6. New Kitchens
7. Moving Hills
8. Fall Into Flight
9. Search Engines
10. I Hope She Knows
Farm Hand is the solo name of Islet member and Shape Records founder Mark Daman Thomas. International Dreams is his debut solo album and is the sound of Daman Thomas being restored to factory settings after moving from Cardiff to his homeland in the sparsely populated hills of Mid Wales.
This album is his reflection on the realities of rural life, built on car boot beats, field recordings, loops and second hand organs. Freewheeling and full of deep, cyclical melodies, the album was recorded in a barn studio on the working family farm of Pontvane, Radnorshire, in spring 2017 with producer Rob Jones (Sweet Baboo, Slow Club).
Farm Hand is an instinctual musical force with a love of expressive live performance. Of his performance in a Brecon Beacons cave for Green Man, Wire said “Music with reverent, almost religious overtones” and CCQ saying “His droney-church-organ shifts and scapes, together with deeply voiced singing by his silver-coated figure, made for an other-worldly experience.”
"With its arcane oddness and warped, subterranean beats, the music of Farm Hand seems very much at ease alone in the dark." - Gold Flake Paint
"International Dreams" is almost spiritual in its delivery, with drawn out melodies and deep choral harmonies rubbing against bucolic electronics." - M Magazine
“Music with reverent, almost religious overtones” - Wire Magazine
“His droney-church-organ shifts and scapes, together with deeply voiced singing by his silver-coated figure, made for an other-worldly experience.” - CCQ Magazine
"truly creative and, in its own way, spectacular" - God Is In The TV
All songs written by Farm Hand (Mark Daman Thomas)
Farm Hand: vocals, synths, keyboards, fx pedals, guitar, drums, percussion.
Produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Rob Jones. 80% at Pontvane, Radnorshire, Wales and 20% in Kinvere, West Midlands.
Additional bits of recording on tracks 7 + 10 by Stephen Black.
Artwork: Emma Daman Thomas
Photography: Rhodri Brooks